5 Reasons to Love Kosice, Slovakia

by Kirsty on August 19, 2014

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Last week I had a wonderful 4 days in Kosice with my Mum. I’m not sure what I expected, I was so busy with leaving my job, moving back to Lincoln and then going off to train other teachers that I hadn’t done my usual level of research. It was quite refreshing turning up with no knowledge of a place and having other people in the know plan everything.

Almost immediately over dinner I was told that most people in Kosice have a sweet tooth, right then I knew I had found somewhere I’d fit in just fine.

The Old Town

The first of many visits to Kosice’s old town was during our very first night in the city. We made the most of the many cafes set up to tempt you in for a drink and a quick bite to eat. The centre of the city (1km) is completely pedestrainised, as you stroll further along you come across a number of different fountains and parks all with a little something different.

The area in general has an old Victorian feel to it and feels very peaceful, the beautiful gothic cathedral only adds to this whole vibe.

Over my four days in the city I spent a lot of time in the old city and never got tired of wandering the streets and just sitting down for a relaxing drink and doing a spot of people watching.

Kosice Slovakia Kosice Old Town

The Locals Like to Drink Shots

This leads me nicely on to my next point. The locals love to drink…. Mostly beer or shots! One of the best memories I have of Kosice is watching my Mum sip a shot called ‘the brain’ which is topped with absinthe of all things. This, as you have probably guessed, is not something I usually have the pleasure of watching my mum do and was quite an entertaining treat!

Personally, I would recommend Tatra Tea (Tatranskycay), which comes in different strengths from 27% all the way to 72% however, around 52% seems to be normal amongst most bars. It’s only available in Slovakia so well worth a taste. I actually enjoyed it, much to the surprise of our hosts.

I’d recommend a bar called ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ if you’re looking to try some of these mixed shots. It’s located on the main street on the way to Eastern Slovak museum.


The city is just an hour away from a famous wine region that has even stricter rules than the champagne region in France.

Tokaj is an incredibly sweet dessert wine that can only be made when the grape gets something called ‘noble rot’ which happens about every 4 years, you can also only grow the grapes on a slope facing south or south west – very strict. We tried the wine at Ostrožovič winery which was absolutely delicious. We also enjoyed a great tour of the vines too!

Wine Tasting in TokajWine Tasting in Tokaj


As you know we have become a little obsessed with skiing, so when I found out that in the winter the citizens of Kosice are only 20 minutes away from a ski slope I took a keen interest! It’s hard to believe this sweltering hot place gets cold enough for that sort of thing but then again, it is only two hours away from a fully fledged ski resort.

During the summer months the skiing is swapped for a pretty exciting toboggan ride which I was more than happy to try out during my time in Slovakia.

Toboggan in KosiceToboggan Fun


There are just so many of them. With so many awesome choices of festivals you’ll find it difficult to decide when to visit the city. On my first day in Kosice I found out about five, by the fourth day I knew about twenty-five!

My picks to check out would be Tokaj wine festival (Sept), Nuit Blanche (October), Peace Marathon (October) and Imagination Kosice (May) but it’s worth having a look through the list as there really is something going on for everyone.

White NightNuit Blanche Festival


A new city card has just been released where you can get free admission to 9 of the main museums and enjoy free public transport . They have also negotiated discounts for a lot of other close by attractions as well.

Bonus Bonus

Everyone I met in Kosice seemed more than happy to suggest somewhere for me to visit, a drink to try or a snippet of local knowledge, that’s surely the best bonus you could ask for?

Kosice = hidden gem!

Thanks for the Kosice Tourism board for allowing us to use their white night picture!


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Michaela Sofova August 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

hello. I live in Kosice. Your article about Kosice is beautiful. I am proud that I live in this city. It is interesting to see my city your eyes. Your article about Kosice Kosice shared by many residents. It is written about you here too http://kosice.dnes24.sk/nase-mesto-ju-dostalo-a-na-tych-vetach-to-vidno-anglicanka-v-clanku-ospevuje-kosice-182569


Lucia August 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

A friend of mine shared this post on her facebook, very happy you liked our city ! Nice post, love it. Bye


lenc_a August 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Hi, I’m really glad you like Košice. I’m not directly from Košice but I’ve live here for 3 years because of study and one thing I must say is that i fell in love with Košice. Is the most beautiful city in Slovakia, it is very colorful and it’s offering so many choices you can do or you can go. Košice has an unique atmosphere, a lot of opportuneties and great people who live here. On the yours next visit of Košice you have to definitely visit a restaurant named Camelot. I’ve work here and it’s one of the famous restaurant in the city with the best beer you must try. Thanks for your visit.
P.S.: I’m so sorry for my english (it’s really bad).


Kirsty August 25, 2014 at 7:54 pm

We went to Camelot on the last day – it was lovely!


Jackpot August 23, 2014 at 11:45 am

im confused – the reason no. 2 which makes you love the place is: the locals like to drink shots(???)


Kirsty August 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm

In England it’s more about cider and lager! The array of shots on offer was great 🙂


laco August 25, 2014 at 4:47 am

Dear Kirsty!

Thank you for visiting our beautiful country! Your blog is awesome. Keep exploring Slovakia. I have a next destination tip for you – Nizke Tatry & Liptovský Mikuláš & area… Take care! 🙂
laco´s last blog post ..Travelling from Bangkok to Samui the cheapest way (the slowest one also but the most interesting too…)


Martin Koska January 7, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Hello. I’m a Slovak citizen. I’m always glad to read nice article about Slovakia. Kosice is nice town and that’s why Kosice was an European Capital of Culture during 2013 and Slovakia with Kosice became part of the “Best in Travel 2013″ Lonely Planet list. More info at: http://www.travelslovakia.sk/blog/lonely-planet-slovakia

Best wishes,



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